the same degree it did throughout the cold war and post cold war or does the u.s. try to encourage countries like japan, vietnam, the philippines, malaysia, australia and others to bear more of the burden? that is what i mean by a graceful exit from history. >> the audience discover through your questions with the main conclusion of the book but i was to ask before we turn it over, how can you respond if in the back row of the audience mitt romney stood up and said mr. kaplan, you are being defeatist. you are walking away from america's historical role, america is the essential power and you are talking about necessary decline. >> i am not being defeatist.